Educational Leadership - MEd
MEd
Application Deadlines
Fall:May 1
Spring:January 15
Contact Information: 
306 MCKB
801-422-4291
edlfsec@byu.edu
Program Requirements: 

Educational Leadership – MEd/School Leadership Emphasis

Educational Leadership – MEd/Education Policy and Social Foundations Emphasis

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Educational Leadership – MEd/School Leadership Emphasis

The School Leadership emphasis develops competent educational leaders of faith, intellect, and character who have a vision and a compelling sense of purpose for the continuous improvement of schools and enhancement of learning for all. In this graduate program, students will acquire the knowledge and skills to facilitate, motivate, and lead high levels of learning for all students and teachers. 

Students applying for the MEd in School Leadership program have the choice between a full-time track called the Leadership Preparation Program (LPP) - and a part-time track called the Executive School Leadership (ExSL).  The program is designed to be completed in one to two years; however, students are permitted five years to complete the MEd degree program and graduate.  A joint JD/MEd degree program is available (see the department secretary). 

Requirements for Degree

  • Credit hours: 37-39
  • Required EDLF courses
    • 601 (Leadership for Learning Communities)
    • 602 (Strategic Leadership for School Improvement)
    • 610 (Human Resource Administration in Education)
    • 614 (Education of Diverse Populations)
    • 622 (The Law and Education)
    • 627 (Instructional Leadership 1: Principalship Roles)
    • 629 (Instructional Leadership 2: Supervisor’s Role in Improving Teaching)
    • 631 (The Curriculum: Theory and Practice)
    • 650 (Education Policy)
    • 668 (Philosophical Foundations of Western Education)
    • 676 (Data-Driven Decision Making 1)
    • 677 (Data-Driven Decision Making 2)
  • Program of Study. To be submitted by end of first semester. 
  • Administrative Internship. A minimum of 400 hours of administrative internship (EDLF 688R - Administrative Internship) and all related requirements, including the Reflective Internship Seminar (EDLF 635R).
  • Internship Leadership Project. As part of the Administrative Internship, students will complete the Internship Leadership Project (ILP), designed to provide the opportunity to apply theory to practice and facilitate the improvement of student learning in a school where they are working as an administrative intern.
  • Performance Evaluation. Three times during the academic year, students will be evaluated by the faculty based on their performance and progress in the program.
  • Comprehensive Examination. Students complete the oral and written comprehensive examination upon completion of course requirements.

Requirements for Minimum Registration. Following admission to the MEd program, the University requires that students complete at least 6 semester hours of approved program credit during each academic year (September 1 to August 31). 

Requirements for Education Leadership License in Addition to Master’s Degree. To become a school site administrator, and for certain district office positions in Utah, an Education Leadership License is required.  This license, an endorsement to the teaching certificate, requires a Level II Teaching License, the completion of the Educational Leadership master’s degree (including the completion of the administrative internship), and a successful Administrative Praxis exam score. Students completing all licensure requirements may apply to the department for the required letter of recommendation for licensure to be submitted by the department to the Utah State Office of Education.

For a more detailed description of the School Leadership Program requirements, see the EDLF Department's website and online program handbook.

Application Deadline: January 15th

 

Educational Leadership – MEd/Education Policy and Social Foundations Emphasis

The Education Policy and Social Foundations (EPSF) emphasis is a rigorous full-time, two-year program, preparing professionals to contribute to educational change, policy, and research on a local, national, and/or global scale. Students examine educational movements, reforms, outcomes, and controversies using modes of inquiry associated with an array of scholarship fields and disciplines.

Requirements for Degree

  • Credit hours: 39
  • Required EDLF courses:
    • 602 (Strategic Leadership for School Improvement)
    • 621 (Economics of Education)
    • 650 (Education Policy)
    • 622 (The Law and Education)
    • 672 (Research Methods)
    • 640 (Quantitative Reasoning 1)
    • 641 (Quantitative Reasoning 2)
    • Choice of Research Course
    • 9 credits of electives in variety of topics
    • Capstone (Internship & Project or Thesis)
  • Program of Study. To be submitted by end of first semester.
  • Performance Evaluation. Three times during the academic year, students will be evaluated by the faculty based on their performance and progress in the program.
  • Comprehensive Examination. Students complete the oral and written comprehensive examination upon completion of course requirements.

Applicants are admitted annually and begin in fall semester. 

For a more detailed description of the Education Policy and Social Foundations Program requirements, see the EDLF Department's website and online program handbook.

Application Deadline:  May 1st

Admission Requirements: 

Required Test

GRE, or GMAT, or LSAT, or MAT

Additional Requirements

Resume required

Program Outcomes: 


Lead Strategic Decision Making and Change

Facilitate and lead strategic inquiry, data-driven decision making and systemic change for the improvement of the school and student learning.

  • Facilitate and lead strategic inquiry.
  • Faciliate and lead data-driven decision making.
  • Facilitate and lead systemic change.

Lead Learning Communities with Effective, Caring Leadership

Lead the school's learning community with integrity and in a caring and professional manner to improve teaching and learning of all students.

  • Facilitate the development, articulation and implementation of a shared vision of learning.
  • Facilitate advocacy for and the nurturing and sustaining of a school focused on teaching and learning.
  • Facilitate management of the school's organization, operation and resources for a safe, efficient and effective learning environment.
  • Facilitate collaboration with faculty, staff, parents, and community members and response to diverse community interests and mobilization of community resources.
  • Act with and ensure a system of integrity, fairness, equity and ethical behavior.
  • Facilitate response to and influence on the interrelated systems of political, social, economic, legal, policy and cultural contexts affecting education.

Education Policy Frameworks

Locate education policy-making within a theoretical, historical, philosophical, cultural, sociological or comparative framework.

Education Policy Formation, Implementation & Evaluation

Understand education policy formation, implementation, and evaluation at local, state, and national levels.

Leadership in Educational Organizations

Perform leadership roles in educational organizations.

Education Policy Research

Produce descriptive, explanatory and evaluative education policy oriented research.

Program Stats

Characteristics of Students from Past Academic Year
Total Students 35
International 0
Female 17
LDS 35
Minority 4
BYU Undergraduate 12
Three Year Average Test Scores of Admitted Student
GRE Composite Score 302.9
GRE Quantitative Score 149.7
GRE Quantitative Percentile 39.5
GRE Verbal Score 153.2
GRE Verbal Percentile 58.7
GRE Analytical Score 4.0
GRE Analytical Percentile 52.5
Five Year Average of Graduated Students
Average Years to Degree 1.7
Graduated Per Year 23.6
Five Year Average of Admitted Students
Applied Per Year 25.8
Admitted Per Year 10.0
Percent Admitted 38.76
Average GPA 3.51